Mother charged with neglect after daughter drowns

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Forrest County sheriff’s officials have charged the mother of a 2-year-old girl who drowned in Little Black Creek with child neglect.

Investigator Nick Calico told The Hattiesburg American he decided to charge 33-year-old Lauren Schmidt of Hattiesburg after questioning her about the incident.

Calico said the sheriff’s office received a call that the little girl, identified as Alyssa Moore, was missing around 5:40 p.m. Sunday.

The sheriff’s department, its dive team and other emergency personnel responded to the scene and began to search the creek at Lower Bridge near Brooklyn.

Calico said the child’s body was discovered shortly after 8 p.m.

Schmidt was booked into the Forrest County jail Monday. She was released from jail later in the day on $2,500 bond.